Created on April 2, 2011
Updated on March 20, 2012
March 20 , 2012
The premiere for "Chronicle of My Mother" was held in Tokyo on March 19 withe the presence of Director Masato Harada, Koji
Yakusho, Kirin Kiki, Aoi Miyazaki, Mimura and Akiko Kikuchi.

January 28
The full trailer for "Chronicle of My Mother" is now available.

January 23
The 35th Japan Academy Prize Winners were anounced on January 16.
Shigemichi Sugita's "The Last Ronin / Saigono Chushingura / starring Koji Yakusho and Koichi Sato won 12 prizes.

January 18
The official site for "Chronicle of My Mother" announced that Koji Yakusho was nominated as 'the Best Actor' at
the 6th Asian
Film Award  for his performance for "Chronicle of My Mother".

January 18
The premiere for Woodman and the Rain" was held today in Tokyo with the presence of Director Shuich Okita, Koji Yakusho,
Shun Oguri, Masato Ibu and Kanji Furudate. Here's the
photo site.

January 9, 2012
The official site for "The Woodsman and The Rain" has been updated and we can see more amusing scene photos. It's  fun to see
those photos.  We can now tell the other cast members' roles.

January 1, 2012
Masato Harada's "Chronicle of My Mother / Waga haha no ki"  will be shown during the
Palm Spring International Film
Festival" (January 5-16,2012).

December 25, 2011
Movie director Yoshimitsu Morita, who directed "Shitsurakuen / Lost Paradise starring Koji Yakusho ans Hitomi Kuroda,  passed
away on December 23  at the age of 61.  The funeral wake and the funeral were held on December 24 and 25 respectively in
Tokyo.  Here's the
Tokyograph news about his death.

December 23
"Rengo Kanatai Shirei Chokan Isproku Yamamoto" starring Koji Yakusho started showing nationwide today. Koji Yakusho and
the main
cast members greeted the audience from the stage at Marunouchi Toei movie theater in Ginza, Tokyo.  Here is
the photo gallery

December 15
Reportedly Koji Yakusho has won the Best Actor award for
"Woodsman and the Rain" at the 2011 Dubai International Film

December 12
We can now see
the full trailer for "The Woodsman and the Rain".

December 3
The official website for "Isoroku Yamamoto" has been updated.  You can now see some more new photos and the trailer.

October 30
"The Woodsman and the Rain" won the Special Jury prize at 24th Tokyo International Film Festval.  Here is
the list of winners.

October 25
TokyoGraph reports that Koji Yakusho has just started filming a new film with  director Masayuki Suo and actress, Masayo
Kusakari, Suo's wife.

Actress Kusakari Tamiyo (46) will star in the next film by director Suo Masayuki. Actor Yakusho Koji (55) has also been cast,
making this the first on-screen reunion for the three of them since Suo hit Shall We Dance? in 1996."

October 20
The teaser trailer for "Chronicle of My Mother" is now available on the official website.

October 17
The official website for  "Kitsutsuki to Ame" / The Woodsman and the Rain" has been updated and the trailer for this film can be

October 15
The poster for "Chronicle of My Mother"/ "Waga Haha no Ki"  has just been  posted on the Internet".  The catch-phrase on the
poster is "Tatoe Wasurete-shimattemo, kitto Aidake ga Nokoru" (Even we have lost our memory, certainly love remains.)  The
film will be shown nationwide in early May , 2012.

October 5
A TV drama, starring Koji Yakusho and directed by Masato Harada, entitled "Shoshu/Early Autumn" is to be shown on October
8 on TBS from 15:00 to 16:54.  Here's the official
website for this drama.

September 24
"Kitsutsuki to Ame / The Woodsman and the Rain" is to be shown from 14:30 on October 23 (Sun) at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
during the Tokyo International Film Festival.

September 21
"Chronicle of My Mother" will be shown during the 47th Chicago International Film Festival (Oct 6 -  20 ) as one of the
competition films.

September 20
The 24th Tokyo International Film Festival office has just announced  that
"Kitsutsuki to Ame" has been selected as one of the
competion films. Reportedly "Kitsutsuki to Ame" is the only Japanese film selected for the competition in this festival.

September 12
On September 8,
the 2011 Busan International Film Festival announced that "Chronicle of My Mother" directed by Masato
Harada would be the closing film for the Festival.

September 7
the English translation site (Kyodo news) of the press conference which was held in Kyoto on September 1.

September 4
A press conference with the presence of Masato Harada and Koji Yakusho, was held in Kyoto on Sempember 1 to report that
"Chronicle of My Mother" won the Montreal World Film Festival Jury Prize.
You can see some good photos of Harada and Yakusho below the article.

August 28
Director Masato Harada's "Chronicle of My Mother", starring Koji Yakusho,  won the Special Grand Prix of the Jury at the 35th
Montreal World Film Festival.  Director Masato Harada and Koji Yakusho were not able to attend the official showing session on
the 27th and the award ceremony on the 28th: Director Harada has been working with Koji Yakusho in Kyoto for the shooting of
a TV drama, which is based on a short story by Yasushi Inoue, who also wrote the novel on which "Chronicle of My Mother" is
based. This TV drama entitled "Shoshu (Early Autumn)  is due to be shown on October 8 on TBS in Japan.

August 23
Director Masato Harada's site has announced that the DVD for
"Kamikaze Taxi" will be on sale on November 2, 2011. The
official site for this DVD has just opened. If you click here, you will see the wonderful trailer and lots of photos of the main cast

August 13
The official site for "Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan Yamamto Isoroku" has been updated and we can now see the the teaser trailer
and the making of the fil.

August 9
Prior to the 35th Montreal World Film Festival, Koji Yakusho's "
13 assassins" and "The Last Ronin" were shown during the
Montreal Fantasia International Film Festival (July 14- August 7). Descriptions on each film are quite impressive.

August 3
Masato Harada's film, "
Waga haha no Ki " starring Koji Yakusho will be shown during the 35th Montreal World Film Festival  
(August 18-28).
the TOKYOGRAPH news.

The official site for "Waga Haha no Ki" has been updated and we can now read the comments by Director Masato Harada and
Koji Yakusho in regard to the entry to the Montreal World Film Festival.

August 2
a picture of Koji Yakusho and Shun Oguri in "Kitsutski to Ame" directed by Shuichi Okita.  Reportedly this film will be
released in February, 2012.

July 6
"Saigo no Chushingura" will be shown on September 10 during
the 15th Adelaid Japanese Film Festival under the title of "The
Last Ronin".

June 15
The other cast-members for "
Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan , Isoroku Yamamoto" have just been announced.  Here's the English
translation by

Tamaki Hiroshi joins Yakusho Koji in Yamamoto Isoroku film

Tamaki Hiroshi (31) will play a key role in the big-budget movie Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan: Yamamoto Isoroku, it has been
revealed. The movie, which was announced in May, stars Yakusho Koji (55) as Yamamoto Isoroku, the commander-in-chief of
Japan Combined Fleet during the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.

Tamaki is taking on the part of Shindo, a reporter at a newspaper called the Tokyo Nippou. At the time of the war, newspapers
held a huge amount of influence, and the prevailing opinion was to go to war against the United States. However, Shindo meets
Yamamoto for an interview, and as he listens to Yamamoto desire to avoid a war with the United States, he changes his own mind
and becomes conflicted about his stance on the war.

Kagawa Teruyuki (45) will play Shindo boss at the Tokyo Nippou. Other reporters are being played by Masuoka Toru (54) and
Hakamada Yoshihiko (37). Seto Asaka (34) will play the proprietress of a small restaurant that the reporters frequent, and Tanaka
Lena (31) is a dancer who is another one of the restaurant's regular customers.

窶彝engo Kantai Shirei Chokan: Yamamoto Isoroku窶�opens in theaters on December 23, 2011.

The official site for this film has just been set up. If you click the "News" you can see an image of Koji Yakusho as Isoroku
together with images of Hiroshi Tamaki and Teruyuki Kagawa.

May 15
Koji Yakusho's new film has just been announced. The Japanese title is "Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan: Yamamoto Isoroku".
Here's  T
OKYOGRAPH' May 14th report.

April 25
The awards for the 2nd Nippon Theater Staff Film Festival were presented on Sunday. A total of 881 staff members from 365
cinemas nationwide sent in their votes, resulting in Nakashima Tetsuya窶冱 窶廳okuhaku窶�taking the grand prize. The movie窶
冱 star, Matsu Takako (33), was chosen as Best Actress as well.

Yakusho Koji (55) was named Best Actor for his role in Saigo no Chushingura, but he was absent from the presentation ceremony
because of filming for another project.
Kiritani Kenta (31) was voted as Best Supporting Actor for while Kiki Kirin (68) picked up
Best Supporting Actress for kunin.

The title of Best Director went to Sono Sion for Tsumetai Nettaigyo (Cold Fish, and Best Screenplay went to Takahashi Izumi for
窶彜olanin.窶�Yasukawa Goro received Best Music for 窶廚honmage Purin.窶�br>
April 14
Reportedly, Takashi Miike's 3D  film, "I
chimei", starring Ebizo Ichikawa, (which is the remake of Masaki Kobayashi's "Seppuku
/ Harakiri" (1962), starring Tatsuya Nakadai) has been selected for entry in the official
competition at the 64th Cannes
International Film Festival.   Koji Yakusho appears in this film in the role of Kageyu Saito, which was played by Rentaro Mikuni
in "Seppuku" in 1962.

April 9
Koji Yakusho's new film has just been announced.  It is "Kitsutsuki to Ame" (Woodpecker and Rain ) directed by Shuichi Okita.
Shun Oguri costars with him. The film is due to be released this year.

Yakuho's role is that of a 60-year-old woodcutter, named Katsuhiko!
Tokyograph gives the news in detail.

April 7
the American poster and trailer for "13 assassins", the UK poster and trailer have been publicized. This film is due to be
released in the UK from May 6.

April 5 ,2011
Koji Yakusho's official site has announced that "13 Assassins" will be shown at the 2011 Dallas Film Festival and that the film will
start being shown in some US cities from April 29.
Koji Yakusho News 12

(April 5, 2011 ~ March 20, 2012)